I like Peter Hitchens and, while he has been correct about many things (such as the futility of the Iraq War), he is clearly wrong in his understanding of human evolution. In Hitchen’s recent exchange with Jerry Coyne (here and here), Hitchens demonstrates a number of misunderstandings about evolution, which Coyne addresses. Interestingly, Hitchens seems to defend Intelligent Design (ID). Personally, I don’t see why one needs to take that extra step. Why don’t the religious just reconcile Christianity and evolution – argue there is no contradiction? One doesn’t need ID. I wonder what Hitchens’ thoughts are on the flagship institution of ID, the nutjob Discovery Institute. Recently, it was discovered that the Discovery Institute fabricated its scientific labs and, since Hitchens considers himself a traditionalist, I wonder what his thoughts are on the fact that much of the underlying motivation of the Discovery Institute seems to be Cultural Marxism? By this, I mean that the problem for many ID people is that evolution seems to violate the myth of universalism / egalitarianism. An overwhelming number of articles at the Discovery Institute decries evolution for being “racist”. When one looks at those funding the ID movement — Trotskyite neocons perennially worried that “evolution leads to fascism” — one can understand the unhinged obsession with “racism.” These neocons seem, from an allegedly religious perspective, to mirror the frauds Boas, Lewontin, and Gould always at war to defend “Liberal Creationism.” But seriously, I hope Peter is smart enough not to fall for this squid ink.
See our response: “Why the Religious Should Reject Intelligent Design“